Skip to comments.Shaping the Electoral College Part XIV
Posted on 09/19/2019 1:45:44 AM PDT by Jacquerie
September 6th & 7th.
Today, our Framers put the finishing touches to Article II.
At this moment, so very late in the summer, the fatigued Framers still faced a critical question, which body of Congress shall elect the President in the event of no majoritarian winner of the EC? Delegate Hugh Williamson (NC) suggested the entire Congress, voting by state, and not per capita. Sherman immediately cut in to motion the House of Representatives, instead of the Senate or the entire Congress voting by state delegations, one vote per state. It passed 10-1.
Having established the workings of the EC and the likely election of the President by the House of Representatives voting by state, the Convention completed the essentials of Article II and would formally incorporate it into the Constitution tomorrow September 7th.
To modern opponents of the Electoral College, the Framers system is an archaic holdover from less progressive times. They summarily dismiss it as anti-democratic 18th century nonsense put to paper by the same sort of people who oppress minorities to this day. Part of the misunderstanding of the EC is due to corruption of the system by the two major political parties. It is difficult to read this series and Article II without viewing them through the lens of political party distortions beginning with the choice of electors.
But, for readers with the will to imagine the absence of political party domination and exploitation, the Framers system was a beautiful foil to the first enemy of republics: factions. Factions are a republics worst enemy, and the soiled system weve come to accept, in which the peoples practical choice of electors is limited to one of two outright leaders of factional political parties, makes a mockery of our Framers efforts.
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I feel that everyone should read all the articles on the Electoral College, learn the TRUTH, and pass it on!!!!!
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